An index developed to gauge progress towards the sustainable development goals and their targets shows that nine of the world's worst performing countries are in Africa.
The cases of two women who died in childbirth in two different parts of Uganda are being used in a Constitutional Court battle forcing the government to fulfill its healthcare obligations.
In a bid to improve health care in South Africa, President Jacob Zuma has made several promises in the last three years. Some have materialised faster than others.
Africa faces the monumental task of reducing its maternal deaths by three-quarters if it is to meet the Sustainable Development Goals around maternal mortality.
Health has secured its place as one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. But without clear mechanisms to report, finance or engage other sectors, could more end up as less?
Fathers have an important role to play beyond financial support. Research shows they play an invaluable role in maternal, infant and child health.
The concept of Universal Health Coverage is the new focus post-2015. If implemented properly, it could remedy some of the disparities in health care.
One of the reasons maternal mortality in West Africa is still so high is because less than 60% of women give birth under skilled care.
Ghana's success in reduction in maternal deaths is being hampered by bad road infrastructure, female illiteracy, skills shortages and some local pastors.
South Africa's maternal mortality rate rose dramatically after 1998, almost doubling to 302 deaths per 100,000 live births by 2009.